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With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium, unique 3D Simulator Experience and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, the award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience.

 

Open Today 10:00 - 17:00

Due to road closures for the ‘Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All’, the National Space Centre will not be accessible by vehicle until 11:00am on Sunday 03 September 2017. Please visit http://www.runforall.com/10k/leicester/road-closures for details.

The 3D Simulator will be out of order on Monday 21st August.

Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium

Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium
Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium

Included in your ticket (or £3 per person if returning on an Annual Pass) is a fulldome show in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium.

Monday to Friday in Leicestershire school term time the show is the award winning We Are Stars, but at weekends you can choose to either see We Are Stars, or a presenter led Tour of the Night Sky.

If there is capacity, you can also buy a second show, so allowing you to have both experiences.

We Are Stars – narrated by Andy Serkis

ROLL UP, ROLL UP…
COME INSIDE AND EXPERIENCE THE UNIVERSE LIKE NEVER BEFORE… LET ME TAKE YOU ON A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME AND SPACE.
We Are Stars allows you to explore the secrets of our cosmic chemistry, and our explosive origins.

This show is an immersive 360 degree fulldome experience suitable for all the family. It includes educational content that will help children aged 7-14, as well as those with an interest in science and space.

Tour of the Night Sky

Take a tour of what you can see in the sky above our city in the past, present and future. Go beyond to see other galaxies, stars, nebula and the wonders all around us. Learn about constellations and the stories behind them from cultures around the world.

This show is a traditional presenter led planetarium show and is suitable for those with an interest in science and astronomy. The show is suitable for children aged 5+.

Sci-Fi Shorts a short story competition for all ages

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Maker Space

15 July 2017 - 03 September 2017

A summer of hands on science and amazing challenges.

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Sci-Fi Shorts – Short Story Competition

01 September 2017

A sci-fi short story competition hosted by the National Space Centre in collaboration with Literary Leicester Festival.

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Dangerous Worlds

10 September 2017

Meet Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency Associate Professor, Dr Elizabeth Tasker

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Small Space Day with the Clangers

11 September 2017

Small and Tiny Clanger will be joining our Mission Commanders for a day dedicated to our youngest astronauts.

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Cassini’s Grand Finale

15 September 2017

After almost 20 years in space, the Cassini mission to Saturn is coming to a very dramatic end.

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Thunderbirds Are Go – The Movie 1966

16 September 2017

Scramble the rescue vehicles! Thunderbirds are GO!

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The FAB Worlds of Anderson

16 - 17 September 2017

Celebrating the life and work of science fiction legends Gerry and Sylvia Anderson

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World Space Week Family Sleepover

07 October 2017

To celebrate World Space Week the National Space Centre is hosting an exciting sleepover package, including entry to the Space…

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A Day with Al Worden, Apollo Astronaut

07 October 2017

The National Space Centre, in collaboration with World Space Week, is delighted to welcome former Apollo astronaut, Col. Alfred Merrill…

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Space Lates October

07 October 2017

An evening of space exploration and engineering, with special guests, talks, demonstrations and live stargazing.

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See more events happening at the Space Centre!

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This August the United States will get a great opportunity to see a total solar eclipse.

Credit: Eric Adams